Ubuntu Gutsy has been receiving a huge amount of hype and fan fare recently, and I’ve been following Gutsy closely, from Ubuntu Fridge’s 10 Rocking Features in 10 Days to fellow bloggers and Linux users posts on Gutsy. Naturally after their Feisty launch, expectations were high(from my side). Now I’m not Ubuntu’s biggest fan(I’m a SuSE fellow, Novell haters, meh!), but I appreciate what Ubuntu has been doing for newbie Linux users in general.
I was patiently waiting for the December issue of CHIP magazine and picked it up immediately when it hit the stands, ripped apart the packaging and took out the DVD(yup, that’s right CHIP this month had a bootable DVD of Ubuntu Gutsy :D ) and started about installing it. Launching into the live environment took a good 2 minutes, uncharacteristic of Ubuntu.
When I got my Dell Inspiron, the first thing that I wanted to do was install openSUSE 10.3 on it. After all openSUSE has been serving me well all these years! Because of time restrictions and office workload being too much, I couln't do it. So when the weekend arrived, I decided to install it!
Since I dont have an Internet connection, downloading it was out of the question, so I had grabbed a copy of last month's Digit magazine which had a Bootable openSUSE10.3 version on it. Initially I was weary, especially with the partitioning and the bootloader settings(I've done this lots of times, my hesistation was because of Dell MediaDirect occupying the first partition of the HDD. But then I just threw all fear and caution out the door, inserted the DVD and booted up my laptop.
The green “Welcome” openSUSE splash screen is just awesome and put me in the right mood. After clicking on next couple of times, I ran into trouble. The installer's partitioning tool informed me saying the NTFS partition could not be resized, as there were inconsistencies in the filesystem and informed me to do a file system check.
As few might be knowing I've purchased a Dell Inspiron 1520. Here's a short review on it.
<span></span>Processor: Intel Core2Duo T5250 @ 1.5 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache
- Main memory: 2x1GB DDR2 667 MHz Dual Channel mode
- HDD: Fujitsu MHW2160BH 160GB SATA
- DVD-RW: TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-L632H 8X
- Sound Card: Intel HDA ICH8(82801)
- Graphics Card: nvidia 8600m GT with 256MB RAM
- NIC: BroadCom BCM4401 100
- WiFi: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
- Bluetooth: BroadCom BCM2045
- System Chipset: Intel GM965
- Expansion & Misc ports: 4xUSB, 1xIEEE1394, 1xRJ-45, 1xRJ-11, 1xVGA Out, 2xExpressCard 54, 1xHeadphone out, 1xMicrophone In, 1xMedia Card reader(SD/MMC/MS Pro).
First up, if you haven’t read my previous post, go read it!
Now, after you’ve read the post, you people can get an idea as to how pissed off and frustrated I was. The following day, ie, Tuesday, I was determined to finish off the work come no matter what! So armed with my Cheque book, 2 pens(yeah, 2, just in case any one ran out of ink!). Left my Office at 5.45pm this day, as I’d decided to goto the Adyar branch. First up had to goto ATM as I had absolutely no cash. Thankfully, ICICI ATM is just opposite to the bus stop. After collecting the cash, I was wondering if I’d be as lucky as the previous day(well, in terms of gettings Share autos, you know!) and just as I was thinking about it a share auto comes along, but it was empty! Nevertheless I stop the auto, and tell him him “Adyar-ICICI Bank”.
Mega Post ahead: You have been warned!
There’s something called fate. Answers.com defines it as
“fate (fät) pronunciation
The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events.
The inevitable events predestined by this force.
A final result or consequence; an outcome.
Unfavorable destiny; doom.”
The past few days have convinced me that Fate has it that I should NOT get my laptop, as early as possible. Why so? Read what’s happened in the past few days and you’ll agree.